Monthly Archives: June 2013

King’s Cliff – a residence truely fit for the Kings

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Wondering where to stay in Ooty? Try out this quaint little cottage situated in the fringes of the busy town. King’s Cliff nestled in a hill albeit far away from the madding crowd, literally. The property belongs to the Little earth Group and you could book your rooms from their site.

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We had visited to this resort about 2 years back and thanks to my hubby who had suggested this place.

An auto from the bus stand would take you to the hotel. You could ask for a pickup from the resort itself. The auto charges are fixed so you don’t have to trouble yourself for bargaining.

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The first thing that greets you is the 400 metre or so long driveway, which reaches into a perfectly maintained garden and trees all around the property. The resort takes you back to an era that is no more, with period furniture, valences and drapes and a polished teak fireplace overlooking a Victorian “drawing room”.

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There are about 9 rooms, each spacious, and have the old world charm. Each of the room’s has a fire place attached. We were provided with a pile of complimentary wood. You can also request for an extra pile at an additional charge. The bathrooms though could use a little renovation. This property is a very old building so if you one of those persons who look forward to modern hotels with modern bathrooms this hotel might not interest you.

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The cottage is surrounded with trees and you would be greeted each morning with the chirping of the birds.

The service is professional and the housekeeping staffs are simple, efficient and friendly. The Earl’s Court restaurant is reputed to be the best restaurant in Ooty, and I think it’s a justified claim. The complementary buffet breakfast, is served in the glasshouse in the lawn and has a wide range of food to offer, ranging from cereals to Indian breakfast.  The food was excellent, tasty and flavorsome, but a bit high priced.

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The property is unique and endearing if you are on a romantic pause or looking for some solace. I would certainly suggest people to give it a try if they visit Ooty.

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Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace

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Tipu Sultan’s Palace located in the heart of Bangalore near K R Market is a magnificent building. The palace used to be the summer palace for Tipu Sultan. The place would not fit into the exact description of a palace. It is built out of rose wood with nothing flashy about it.

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There isn’t anything fancy about this place but still you might like it if you admire Tipu Sultan.

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The palace is well maintained with a lovely garden surrounding it. You would not be allowed to take photos inside the palace due to the wear and tear that have been caused to the paintings over the passing years.

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Definitely a worth visiting place if you have some spare time in hand.

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I-India Resort -Ooty

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We had visited this resort during May 2012. Take the right turn at the junction which leads to Sagar Resorts on the Conoor road and a few meters down that road and will lead you to  the property.
The place was quite a cosy little place with very helpful staff.
The cottage is well places with a lovely view of the valley in front of it and being far from the maddening crowd of the Ooty town, is quite a welcome relief for the guests. The rooms are clean and spacious  with all basic amenities provided.

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But a few improvements would do the place some good. To start with the place does not have a lawn where the guest could sit. The concreted area that they pass as courtyard could be turned into a lush green lawn which could add an old world charm to the little cottage.

 

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None of the rooms had any valley views from them. One had to come to the courtyard or the living room for a view.

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They do not have any proper menu for the breakfast/lunch/dinner. You will have to eat from the fixed menu that is provided for the day. It would have been better if we could choose from a menu. The food is overpriced compared to the quantity of food provided. For example we had our lunch there. It consisted of a small bowl of ghee rice, dal fry n 4 small pieces of chicken fry. The charge for it was Rs 200 per plate.
Well all is not bad.It sure does have some good things as well. The best part is that, they have 24hr running hot water which is quite a nice thing to have during the cold climate.

Priced at around Rs 3000 for a double bedded room, it is not such a bad option for staying.

Bangalore Palace – Beaware !!!!

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Visiting Bangalore Palace? Beware!!!

It had been a long wish of mine to visit the much talked about Bangalore Palace. Wish got fulfilled when my hubby got the opportunity to shoot a Pre Bridal shoot for a friend of ours. So one Saturday morning we all headed out for the place. The tickets are priced at Rs 225 per person and a camera charge of around Rs 600. The building looks magnificent from outside but once inside you will not find much to catch your interest. In fact if you try to take a picture of the palace from outside you would be stopped if you have not purchased the ticket for the camera.

The furnitures are mostly fake replicas made out of cheap wood copying some antique design. The paintings too are not much to be awed about.

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Anyways once in we decided to continue taking pics. But soon we were stopped by the guards and were told that we are not allowed to do any professional photography without permission. We explained that we were not professional photographers and that we were only doing it for personal purpose. But the guards started misbehaving. They even went ahead to say that we are not allowed to stay in the premises for more than 45 min. Nowhere on the ticket was it mentioned that the ticket was valid for only 45min. The argument got so heated up that these people started abusing us and would not even refrain from abusing the girls. The staffs are totally money sucking bastards who would go to any extent to suck some money out of you in any pretext. So if you are planning for a visit to the Bangalore Palace think twice. In my opinion the place is a highly over priced and mismanaged place. Totally not worth shelling out so much money.

Mannavanur , the hidden treasure

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A desperate need to find something new in Kodaikanal landed us with the info about Mannavanur Lake. Situated around 30-40 Km from the main city among the lush green valley, this place is a must visit place for all travelers interested in traveling to places off the beaten path. It is also known as the Bison-Valley, a beautiful virgin stretch of nature at an altitude of 7000 ft above the sea level

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We booked our cab from the city’s taxi stand near the petrol pump. A little bit of bargaining with the driver landed us with a decent deal of Rs 1200 for the trip. There were 6 other locations included in the itenary but most of them dint have much to mention about them. The view point offering the top view of the lake was quite a site. After spending some time frolicking around and posing in various hilarious poses we decided to move on towards the lake.

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Mannavanur is a small village whose sole mode if income comes from farming. On the way towards the lake we could see fields filled with carrots. Various vegetables are cultivated here including broccoli, French and butter beans, and the village also provides home made dish to those approach them, even rabbit meat is cooked if requested.

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The lake is situated inside a sheep farm. The lush green valley is scattered with flocks of sheep grazing all over the place. It was awesomely scenic, quiet and to our surprise we were the only people out there. A little walk from the gate took us to the lake. I am at a loss of words when I try to describe this beautiful place. Surrounded by green hills on all sides, the silence was being broken only by the chirping of some unknown bird at a distance. We could have spent almost the entire day by the sides of the lake watching the reflections of the mountains in the crystal clear water had it not been for the dimming lights and the threatening clouds. There are quite a few benches near the lake that you could occupy. A small creek had formed from the water that overflowed from the lake due to the rains. We were quite pleasantly surprised to find few fishes in this creek. So if you are interested in angling, you can carry your gears along and try your luck.

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Not many shops nearby, though a small tea stall offers the basic tea and biscuits. Be prepared and carry all your essentials along. Also be ready for the surprise visit by the rains. Options for accommodations are not many. The Camper’s club is said to be the only option for staying nearby which offers basic accommodation. Contact No: +91- 9444477358.

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